About Us

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

About Us

Sponsoring children in need is breaking the cycle of poverty

Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.

Today, Compassion helps more than 1.3 million children in 26 countries.

A passion for children

Interested in our guiding principles and why we are so passionate about caring for children? Check out:

Mission Statement

In response to the Great Commission, Compassion International exists as an advocate for children, to release them from their spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

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The Compassion Commitment

Cultural customs and traditional practices must not take precedence over the biblical guidelines for human relationships. Our heavenly Father declares the value and dignity of human life. Adults and children are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27, Psalm 139). God's Word must have the final authority in regulating compassionate treatment of every human being, including children.

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Our Statement of Faith

We believe in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God. We believe in One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the plan of Salvation and that the Lord Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh. We believe the Holy Spirit enables believers to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

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Financial Integrity

At Compassion we take stewardship seriously. That's why more than 80 percent of all our expenditures go to program activities for our children.

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Leadership Principles

Compassion employees aspire to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ, in who we are and what we do. We are called as stewards of the ministry of Compassion International.

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Our History

Compassion's work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952 when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict.

Today we have a worldwide ministry where more than 1.3 million children are now reaping the benefits of one man's clear, God-given vision.

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  • Brave New World

    May 30, 2014

    Traditional and modern cultures collide for Kenya's Maasai. Odupoi Pose, a 13-year-old in Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program, is the first of 18 children in his family who has been able to go to school. Soon he will have to grapple with how to incorporate his traditional life into a more modern future.

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